Here are 4 Reasons Why We Keep Electing Narcissists

You can’t swing a dead cat in congress without hitting one

Here are 4 Reasons Why We Keep Electing Narcissists
Here are 4 Reasons Why We Keep Electing Narcissists

Not sure of their narcissism?

A narcissist is a person who believes they are entitled and exude arrogance in this belief. Ever watched a politician react to statements from the press that question their authority or motives? In most cases, their response can be added to the highlight reel for narcissism.

Why do narcissists become politicians?

As you might imagine, leadership is a very complex topic from a psychological perspective³. But there are two phases of leadership. The first is what psychologists call leadership emergence, which describes how someone rises to power. The second phase is leadership effectiveness, which is what they do with this power.

Four reasons we keep electing narcissists

Okay, now that we understand a little about narcissism and why a narcissist might seek out a political office, let’s find out why we keep putting them in power.

Political systems favor loud, narcissistic people
Political systems favor loud, narcissistic people

Political systems favor loud, narcissistic people over those who are quiet and effective

Let’s face it. Politics can be very emotional — and that’s by design. When we get outraged by an event, we turn to our political leaders. And because no one hears our outrage, those leaders become outraged for us — they vicariously soothe our souls.

People love leaders who promise stability during troubling times

One common trait among narcissists is that their lives are typically full of drama. Instinctively, they have learned that chaos and instability give them the ability to control others. How? By promising a solution and a better tomorrow out of these troubling times.

Narcissistic leaders repeat over and over again what you want to hear
Narcissistic leaders repeat over and over again what you want to hear

Narcissistic leaders repeat over and over again what you want to hear

Joseph Goebbels, who was the public relations expert for Germany’s Nazi party, taught us the powerful law of propaganda⁴: “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually believe it.”

We’ve become accustomed and comfortable with their presence

There’s a reason why incumbents have a distinct advantage during elections. Generally speaking, we are more comfortable with them because we know what they will bring — yes, there are exceptions.

Retired Scientist and Jogger. Experienced online publisher since 2006.

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